Cool, crisp air has begun to move into Missouri with state officials warning consumers to prepare for the rising cost of heating their homes.
Public Service Commission Chairman Jeff Davis says consumers should prepare for heating bills ten percent higher this year than last winter. Davis says the PSC and the Department of Natural Resources have joined together to promote energy efficiency. Davis says the agencies encourage Missourians to prepare, conserve and save. That advice comes despite a drop in energy costs. Davis says increased consumption could drive oil, natural gas and propane prices up to record highs once again.
There are tips to cut your heating bill: close off rooms not in use, turn the thermostat down a degree or two, turn off lights and appliances not being used, and caulk around windows and doors. A little bit now could pay off big later.
For more information on how to reduce your winter heating bill go to: http://www.beenergyefficient.org/